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How to Make Thin Hair Look Lush

If you can’t afford the time and expense of hair extensions—and, really, who can?—try these tricks for making flat, stringy hair look fuller.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Find the right stylist Ask around for a stylist that specializes in thin hair. If you live in a large city, do an Internet search for someone with this expertise.
  • Step 2: Get a good cut Get a good cut -- which, for the thin-haired, means above the shoulder. Ask about layers, which work with some types of thin hair.
  • Step 3: Lighten up If you don’t already have blonde, strawberry-blonde, or light brown hair, consider lightening your locks. Dark shades tend to accentuate thinning hair because they contrast with the scalp.
  • TIP: Coloring your hair plumps up the cuticles, making your hair look thicker, and highlights and lowlights give the illusion of thickness.
  • Step 4: Try a treatment Try an over-the-counter treatment that stimulates hair growth. The downside--these products don’t work for everyone and stop working the minute you stop using them. For a more potent solution, ask your doctor for a prescription.
  • Step 5: Use the right products Choose shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that contain panthenol. Go with lighter products, like mousse, versus gels.
  • TIP: Don’t go crazy with the conditioner; it weighs down fine hair, making it look even stringier.
  • Step 6: Invest in an Ionic hair dyer Invest in an Ionic hair dryer. They dry hair faster, reducing the heat damage that can lead to even thinner hair.
  • Step 7: Add some bounce Add some bounce with a light body wave and maybe some hot rollers.
  • Step 8: Give yourself a messy part Give yourself a messy or zigzag part, which is better at camouflaging thin hair than a straight one.
  • FACT: Nearly half of all women suffer from female pattern hair loss.

You Will Need

  • A good stylist
  • An over-the-counter treatment
  • Styling products for thin hair
  • An ionic hair dryer
  • Body wave
  • Hair coloring
  • Hot rollers

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